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12-11-2003, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by loudi94
It was actually quite common knowledge here that after Keenan and Messier left that Vancouver wanted Linden back. Also Bertuzzi was getting quite the reputation as being a whiner who took too many foolish penalties. All indications pointed to this deal being available when Linden was traded to Washington. Of course all trades that don't happen fall under the category of rumours and hearsay, don't they. Just as well, the habs would have buggered up Bertuzzi's career anyways. Probably would have turned him into a defensive specialist like Primeau.
I'm not disputing that Vancouver wanted Linden back. That's clear - they went out and GOT him back.

What I'm disputing is that they wanted him back with Bertuzzi as the price. Again, that's clear, as they only had to surrender a draft pick for him - even though the trade went down just months after he was dealt to Washington.

Saying a team wants a player - and they have a player they may not be thrilled with, doesn't mean player A) is avaliable for player B).

That was my point. History seems to have proven it too. Or do you think Washington also turned down Bertuzzi for Linden?

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